Michel Lemay saved Sébastien and Stéphanie Duval and Sonia Duval from burning, St-Colomban, Quebec, October 19, 1999. Siblings Sébastien, 2, and Stéphanie, 4, and their mother, Ms. Duval, 27, were inside the family residence, a mobile home, after fire erupted in the living room shortly before dawn and filled the mobile home with dense smoke. From a neighboring residence, Lemay, 53, carpenter, saw flames issuing from one end of the mobile home and immediately responded to the scene. He kicked open the back door, which opened into a hall, then, despite intense heat inside, entered the mobile home and located Sébastien in the hall. Lemay took Sébastien outside then re-entered the mobile home. He found Ms. Duval in the hall and carried her outside. Discarding his coat, which had started to burn, Lemay entered the mobile home a third time. He proceeded toward the flames and found Stéphanie, who was also in the hall. He took her outside, then worked to revive the victims, all of whom were unconscious and covered with soot, before learning that another child was in the mobile home. Lemay attempted another re-entry, but flames and smoke were prohibitive. Sébastien, Stéphanie, and Ms. Duval were taken to the hospital for treatment; the third child died in the fire, which destroyed the mobile home. Lemay singed his hair and sustained minor burns on his face and hands, from which he recovered.
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